Chase Edmonds
Chase Edmonds is ready to prove himself as the Cardinals starting running back. Can Edmonds thrive as the RB1 in Arizona? (Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Chase Edmonds Ready To Prove Himself As Cardinals Starting Running Back

The Cardinals believe in Chase Edmonds. After Arizona opted not to bring back Kenyan Drake, Edmonds is the de facto starting running back in Arizona. Given the health concerns of James Conner, the reality is he’s merely an insurance policy. Arizona would love nothing more than for Edmonds to take the keys and never look back.

Entering the season as the starter, Edmonds is ready for the challenge ahead:

“It’s now or never,” Edmonds said, via the team’s website. “I’ve finally got my opportunity really and truly in front of me to have a pretty big role in this offense. It’s something I’ve been dying for, praying for, since my first three years in the NFL. It seemed like it would never happen, but I’ve finally got this opportunity, and I’ve got to make the most of it. I’m ready to run through a damn wall. I’m really ready to prove myself right. People don’t understand how bad. I get what people are saying. . . . I’m going to go out there and I’m going to ball out this year.”

Edmonds is right. It’s now or never. If he fails this year, he’ll never get this kind of opportunity again to be the primary back. A year ago, Edmonds averaged 4.6 yards per carry but that was only on 97 attempts. Can he sustain that efficiency on a bigger workload? Time will tell.

It’s hard to know where James Conner figures into the mix. It’s clear Arizona wants Edmonds to be the guy but Conner should be able to get the job down as a power back. Something Edmonds is very much unproven at. Plus, we know a healthy Conner is a stud and can work his way into the rotation based on good performances.

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